The Three Gorges Dam and the Drought in Dongting Lake


The following news excerpts were tweeted by Lian Yue, translated by CDT:

(1)  From China News Net 2009-10-23 18:19:4

Dongting Lake, the second largest freshwater lake in China, is now in the most severe water crisis of the last sixty years.  The water levels are super low, fishermen have no fish to catch, and their livehood is endangered.  Chen Wenping, director of the integral department of the Command Center for Flood and Drought Prevention of Hunan Province, told reporters, there has been a continual drought in the Dongting Lake region since August, and the main reason for such extreme low water levels is the experimental water storage of Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.

中国第二大淡水湖洞庭湖陷入60年来罕见水危机,超低水位导致渔民无鱼可捕,生计陷入困境。湖南省防汛抗旱指挥部综合处处长陈文平对记者表示,8月以来洞庭湖周边水系地区持久干旱,以及长江三峡试验性蓄水是造成水位超低的主要原因 –

(2) From Xinhua News Agency 2007-3-7

On March 2007, Peng Qiyou (彭启友), director of the Science and Technology Committee of China Yangtze River Three Gorges Project Development Company, told Xinhua News Agency: “The Three Gorges Dam Project’s ecological and environmental impact on the downstream lakes is being exaggerated.”



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